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Poster: Executive Date: May 1, 2008 8:42pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: WHY Almost Nobody Knows This Section Exists

There are a few reasons this section is neglected by so many.

First of all, as I mentioned before, the torrent file websites are where everyone is. They are legally allowed to offer copyrighted material for members to share with each other via uploading and downloading.

Second, as much as we all enjoy the really old shows from the 1950s and 60s those aren't the most popular or common on other download sites. Tonight's episode of Smallville is just one example is where the action is elsewhere. GUBA.com, however, is a non-torrent site that has a lot of entertaining programming from the past.

* The uploading format here is FTP. I'm not that familiar with it because I was never able to use it on either of my computers (the current of which is a Macintosh which I suspect doesn't support it). The best file sharing software that I have experience using include Azureus, Transmission, and one I haven't used because it's for PC only: U-Torrent. These are free to download and are first-rate for the torrent file sharing they were designed for.

* Public domain material has limited appeal. While it's true that there are some classic shows (such as BONANZA and The Lucy Show) only a small number of those episodes are not under copyright. Collectors find that offensive. What's more, the quality of those film prints are usually poor to fair. The fans and collectors of old shows want them digitally remastered.
I love BONANZA, but having seen the entire series I not only prefer the later years (late 1960s / early 70s) but if I were to collect ** all ** seasons on DVD in order it would have to be if the shows were professionally duplicated by the owner. I refuse to buy crappy public domain copies. I did that with Red Skelton because they were the only episodes available.

And finally, this site has had it's share of server problems in the past, making it frequently unreliable for uploading and sometimes even downloading. This forum doesn't even allow HTML, BB Code, or emoticons in our posts!

Internet Archive excels when it comes to classic radio shows (a.k.a. OTR) but in the TV department they are shooting themselves in the cyber feet by limiting things to PD.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 1, 2008 9:28pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: If you mention torrent sites one more time...

...I'mg gonna shoot you with a flintlock musket. So stop mentioning them!!!

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Poster: Executive Date: May 1, 2008 10:05pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: mention torrent sites one more time...

Flintlock musket? Who are you....Daniel Boone? You really are old!

I'm not sure what do you have against torrent websites, other than a fear of the unknown. I tell you from experience that there is nothing wrong with them other than the occasional server problem from too many people using it at the same time. If you tried one of the sites, it would satisfy your TV hunger. You might even become a fan!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: May 2, 2008 6:57am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: mention the dark side...

"Join me, and together we will rule the galaxy as father and son!"

Sorry, sudden flashback there! ;)

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 7, 2008 5:04am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: mention the dark side...

Really? When I read his posts about torrents it reminds me of a certain campy cartoon I watched as a kid.

"This dream just gets weirder and weirder. It's almost as nuts as that nightmare I had about the monkey and that bowl of vanilla pudding".

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 1, 2008 9:21pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: However...

...Obscure 50's commercials got plenty of downloads at Rick's Section. If all those people enjoy the commercials, Why wouldn't they like the shows? What about all the over 40 year olds who remember watching these shows? BTW, One of the hottest sellers on Amazon is "Popeye" shorts from the 30's. If THAT can sell well, Then ANYTHING can sell!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: May 2, 2008 6:42am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: However...

plenty of downloads at Rick's Section

Along with the Wayback Machine, the Prelinger Collection is one of the earliest and best-known elements of the Internet Archive, starting many years ago now. It's in a lot of people's feeds, etc. I predict that any new "Rick's Pick" would get higher hits than usual submissions.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 2, 2008 7:21am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Rick Prelinger's Section

I know, In fact I'm gonna be among the first people to download the next thing he uploads. Damn It, I need more Jam Handy! (lol)

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-05-02 14:21:46